Frontier (guitarists Nate Bayless, Stephen Wessley, bassist Kevin Ireland, drummer Michael Tsoulos) formed in the early nineties, and quickly garnered buzz for their intense live performances, which would include a blinding light show followed by the group's choking out everyone in the room with liberal use of smoke machines. Frontier featured a killer rhythm section, upon which some amazing ambient, textural guitar parts were spread. Pull out any of the band’s work from their 1995 self-titled LP to their live recordings from The Empty Bottle, and you’ll swear you are listening to two distinct albums layered on top of each other, two parts experimental guitar noise with lots of time-delay effects, and one part drums ‘n bass.
"In 1997, the band recorded Heater with Steve Albini. Spaced-out, abstract guitar feedback ensued. The sound of Heater — if one were to disregard the bass and drums — is what it must feel like to be sucked into a vortex. It is so very far out there. Some call it a mixture of Pink Floyd, Brian Eno and Kraftwerk. I just prefer to call it wild". Evan - SwanFungus.com
"The Heater album is entirely different with ten tracks evenly spread over its length and a solid rhythm section in place. The sound is therefore more condensed, even including a vocal performance, and there's a greater reliance on studio dub effects. Within these confines, though, the results are quite striking." Tom Ridge - The Wire August 1997